9 Super Fun Items to Help You Save Money

Okay, so it doesn’t seem orthodox to suggest that you buy things to help you save money, but I feel the need to throw in a disclaimer here that if you are truly struggling to get by, of course you should prioritize the essentials and an emergency fund before you make some of the following purchases!
On the other hand, if you have lofty saving goals for the future or need a bit of a morale boast when it comes to your finances, these are ten items that can make saving money fun! I know that I often need incentives to get by – I will save more money if I feel like it’s not a huge burden and I’m not spending every second eating ramen out of the bag.

We watched a documentary a few years ago about a man who goes along the road and picks up roadkill to cook for dinner to save money, and I will tell you right now that I am NOT about that life.

On to the list!

9. Onion Holder

There are plenty of recipes that only make use of half an ingredient, and onions are often a major culprit. It’s hard to know how to store them, and when we do store them, they often get pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again.

This cute little onion pod is NOT a life essential, don’t get me wrong, but it’s fun and it will help keep your onions fresh and memorable so that you can just reach for the pod instead of a new onion later in the week. There is also an avocado pod that I absolutely adore, because we all know how expensive avocados can be – the longer we can keep them looking green and tasting great, the better.

8. Energy Saving Lightbulb

If you’re a homeowner, consider replacing your lightbulbs throughout the house with energy saving brands that will save you money in the long run. There are so many varieties these days that you can get just the right shade and wattage of lighting that you’re used to.

It does require an upfront cost, but you can check on the box how long the bulb is supposed to last and how much it can save you on your bills per year. Eventually, they will pay themselves off and you’ll be loving your energy-saving life.

7. Vacuum Sealer

I admit that this is on the list purely because I desperately want to play with it, but large families and those with food wastage problems should really consider checking these out.

This food sealing technique pushes almost all of the air out of the packaging and means that you can keep your food fresh for so much longer.

6. Money Saving Jar

Whether you’ve got kids learning about saving or you just need a little savings pick-me-up, get yourself a fun new savings jar. I prefer the ones that don’t let you into them easily, as well as this nifty counting one that shows you exactly how much you have in coins in the jar.

It gives me even more incentive to keep reaching goals when I know what’s in the jar, and I take it out less often as I don’t want to have to start over.

5. Colorful Financial Journal

Who doesn’t love a burst of color when budgeting? To keep you motivated and on track towards your goals, it never hurts to have a budgeting planner that you’re actually excited about using. I know people who use basic EXCEL spreadsheets and it just doesn’t cut it for me. More power to you if it does!

I like to a) write things down instead of using a computer and b) have a method that I can take anywhere with me. A financial journal solves those problems and keeps me accountable if I throw it in my purse on the way out the door.

4. Water Bottle with Infuser

Even if you live in a state with gross tasting tap water (Florida, I am looking so hard at you), there’s no need to buy bottled water. It is one of the biggest wastes of money that has ever been invented for anyone living in an area where the tap water is safe to drink. You can buy individual reusable water bottles that contain filtration systems and fruit infusers to give you the bottled water taste without the bottled water price.

This is a ‘one-time’ up front expense that is totally worth it. You’ll see the savings every time you fill up your bottle and feel empty without it on you.

3. Bicycle

Last year, I crashed my car into a parked car (WHOOPS!) and haven’t gotten a new car since. We didn’t really have the extra money for a new car plus an increased insurance, on top of the extortionate parking charges at the train station every day and the cost of gas.

So, I bought a bike! It cost me $200, and we’ve saved SO much since. Yes, ideally you would not crash your existing car to get the bright idea to buy a bike, but I won’t get another car for a good 2-3 years now and we can put that money in other savings accounts.

2. Nano Towels

Europe seems to have caught onto this faster than Americans, as I soon realized once I moved to the UK. Paper towels are used much less frequently than we do in the States. Instead, you use a cloth that can be put in the washing machine again and again. Seeing as how you’ll eventually be doing laundry anyway, it doesn’t cost anything except for the initial (very cheap) cost of the cloth.

I do get slightly squicked out reusing the same cloth on gross surfaces, but we make sure to have plenty of cloths on hand and I switch them out faster than other people might.

You might not think of paper towels as something that’s breaking your budget, but at the end of the day, every little bit helps.

1. Pressure Cooker

Behold, the best kitchen invention ever. Saving money on food is hard for me as I don’t really know how to cook and also fall into the “I don’t have time for making tomorrow’s lunch!” camp. This pressure cooker is one of the easiest gadgets to use, as you simply dump a bunch of ingredients in there, set it, and forget it.

My husband is obsessed with the joy of the pressure cooker and insists on using it as much as possible even when we’ve got plenty of food stored up. Something about the steam escaping from the top is thrilling!

In the long haul, this can help you save loads of time and money. Once it gets going, you’re free to do other things with your time, and you can throw in enough to provide leftovers for a few days. Win, win, win!

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28 Responses

  1. Joleene Moody says:

    They have PODS for avacados???? SO COOL. Thank you! (I didn’t know and now I’m ordering one!)

  2. hannah says:

    Hmmm – I don’t own a pressure cooker yet – will have to look into that.

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      They’re definitely a good investment if you need to save time/money on food. 🙂 Thanks for reading Hannah!

  3. michele says:

    Loved this post! I clicked on the link for the bike because it is the cutest! Thanks so much.

  4. oooh! I want a vacuum sealer and pressure cooker. Kind of crazy that I don’t have those yet. Thanks for the reminder!

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      Yes, I have to admit the vacuum sealer just looks like fun…and if it helps save food waste, then win win!

  5. Magaly says:

    It’s funny how sometimes the easiest things are the ones that escape us. It’s like you said in the beginning, it seems counter intuitive o spend money to save it but your list is totally awesome!

  6. These are all great savers. The vacuum sealer may be what I need the most as well as the water bottle with infuser. Thanks for these tips.

  7. Katie says:

    Omg #4 is a game changer. Gotta get myself one of those!!

  8. Joline says:

    We are all about refillable water bottles now! The savings really add up (and it’s great for the environment). I think the vacuum sealer is a great investment too.

  9. Yes. Folks don’t understand how much money you save buy just using a water bottle. I have one for like every area of my apt and at work.

  10. great tips for living better on a budget!

  11. I bought a bike this Spring and love it. It’s definitely helped me drive less!

  12. Delphine says:

    Thank you for some very good tips, I especially like the onion saver, I have too many halves in my fridge: avocado, onion, lemon…

  13. ada says:

    Those are fabulous tips! Money Saving Jar is definitely my favourite! I used to have one and I loved how it counted my money ! I need to get that Water Bottle with Infuser tho as I do spend a lot of money for water in plastic bottles !

  14. I love all of these ideas, and i have a few too! definitely think a cloth towel is way more cos effective (and better on the environment!) than reams of paper towel! we have a few different ones we use for various rooms and counter tops, and just pop in the wash with everything else too!

  15. Shannon Sawicki says:

    I love that the money saving jar counts it for you too…my kids would love that.

  16. Brianna says:

    I totally need one of those onion savers! I didn’t know that existed!! I always waste half an onion! I’ve also thought about getting a pressure cooker one of these days!

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      I am the same — always wasting half of stuff because I feel like every recipe calls for just half an onion! Why!??!

  17. Mica says:

    This is a good list! I tend to use little face washers to wipe things down – did it with the boys when they were little so I could wipe hands and faces after they ate so that I wouldn’t be putting soapy things on their skin – it’s an environmentally friendly idea too as you can wash and reuse! 🙂

    I don’t have one of those infusion water bottles yet, but I’d love to! I just have a stainless steel one at the moment as it keeps the water a little cooler for a little longer.

  18. Bailey | The Thin Place says:

    I’ve been super interested in getting a bike as a way to exercise and cut down on costs.

  19. My mother in law has a pressure cooker and swears by it!

  20. I haven’t had a bike since I was a kid. I have no idea why though because the kids love theirs.

  21. Natalie K. says:

    Great ideas! I especially like the money saving jar, I’ve never seen something like that!

  22. hailey says:

    So many great Ideas. My husband has wanted one of those vacuum sealers for YEARS!! Maybe he was on to something?

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